Charlie Carter shared to me these images of the new Kipon L-mount lensess:
KIPON have been kind enough to send me the worlds first complete set of L-Mount primes with de-clicked aperture rings. All the lenses are f2.4 with optics designed by IB/E Optics Germany, the range includes:
24 / 35 / 50 / 75 & 90mm
I’ll be making a video review of the lenses which I’ll post soon, but in the meantime let me know if you have any questions 😉
Sima spilled out some info in a new interview with Imaging Resource:
APS-C L-mount lenses:
Yamaki said “we will release APS-C sized lenses for L-mount in 2020“. These will be L-mount adapted lenses of their current APS-C lenses for MFT and Sony E-mount
New natively designed lenses for mirrorless:
Yamaki: “brand-new lens designed for the short flange-back system should be available some time this year.”
Market is shrinking.
Yamaki believes the market will shrink further: “Maybe [down] 20 to 25% from now, that’s my guess.”
DSLR vs Mirrorless:
…”the market is changing from DSLR to mirrorless much quicker than I thought.“…..”Eventually, I think the majority of interchangeable-lens cameras will be mirrorless.”
Sigma CEO Yamaki talked with the Dpreview team. A couple of info:
– He found the response to the new L-mount “is better than I thought”
– Sigma plans to launch “a few lenses this year” that are designed specifically for L-mount.
– Sigma is not sure they can implement Panasonic DFDtechnology with their L-mount lenses
– Sigma is considering to launch smaller and more compact f/2.0 primes
– The Nikon Z mount is in theory good for designing lenses but Sigma is concerned about reflection problems (ghosting) because “the mount is too close to the sensor”
– Sigma would like to be a “unique camera manufacturer” in the future.
I am really excited to see that new FF Foveon camera!!!
Today Panasonic Japan officially announced the new S1 paid firmware update will be available in July. These are the three main features you will get with this firmware:
4: 2: 2 10bit 4K 30p recording
4: 2: 2 10bit 4K 60p HDMI output
Lenstip had a short chat with Sigma CEO Yamaki. He made it clear that Sigma might do APS-C L-mount cameras too. And he doesn’t rule out the possibility to use “regular” Bayer sensors on future cameras. But of course their first FF camera will be Foveon and be launched in 2020.
Panasonic has scheduled a NAB show press event for April 7, 2019 – 1:00pm Las Vegas time. I got no info about that event so far. But this could be a good chance to unveil the next S1S cinema oriented L-mount camera. Soemthing that can compete against the Sony A7s series…